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  • Story Genius

  • How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere)
  • 著者: Lisa Cron
  • ナレーター: Brittany Pressley
  • 再生時間: 9 時間 36 分
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  • カテゴリー: 教育・学習, 単語・言語・文法
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"Using brain science, Cron busts the myths of good writing to help you find the real story behind all that plot and metaphor." (The Writer)

"In [Cron's] new book, Story Genius, she picks up the...theme...that a protagonist's internal struggle makes the story work, and offers step-by-step advice on how to exploit this truth about neuroscience for richer, deeper, better first drafts.... Cron provides exercises and examples to keep writers on track, always highlighting the fact that emotions engage the brain faster than anything else.... The concepts are easy to understand and they are certainly important. Even if you can't go on a retreat, you should try to find time to do the exercises for your own blueprint." (PsychologyToday.com)

"It's a simple question: 'How do you write an effective, engaging story?' Ask Lisa Cron. An accomplished author and story coach, she has just published her second book, Story Genius. A manual of sorts, it teaches cognitive storytelling strategies and uses actual brain science to help make its readers into better writers." (Creative Screenwriting)

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Following on the heels of Lisa Cron's breakout first book, Wired for Story, this writing guide reveals how to use cognitive storytelling strategies to build a scene-by-scene blueprint for a riveting story. 

It's every novelist's greatest fear: pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into writing hundreds of pages only to realize that their story has no sense of urgency, no internal logic, and so is a page-one rewrite. 

The prevailing wisdom in the writing community is that there are just two ways around this problem: pantsing (winging it) and plotting (focusing on the external plot). Story coach Lisa Cron has spent her career discovering why these methods don't work and coming up with a powerful alternative, based on the science behind what our brains are wired to crave in every story we read (and it’s not what you think). 

In Story Genius, Cron takes you, step by step, through the creation of a novel from the first glimmer of an idea, to a complete, multilayered blueprint - including fully realized scenes - that evolves into a first draft with the authority, richness, and command of a riveting sixth or seventh draft.

©2016 Lisa Cron (P)2020 Random House Audio

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  • Larry Chambers
  • 2020/11/20

A BOOK WORTH BUYING

I’ve been a professional writer for thirty years. I have 50 nonfiction books and hundreds of published articles to my credit. I have gone to Robert McKee workshops, Syd Fields screenplay courses, been on Heroes journeys, listen to Arron Sorkin and all the greats on the Master's workshops, and have read almost every book on writing. I spent my summers at Iowa’s writer's workshop and learned a lot about the writing process and the subtle things like why you should save a cat. My rule was if a book gives me one good idea, well, I’m happy.
I bought Story Genius as an audible book reluctantly because I didn’t believe the title; Story Genius? Yeah right. But once I started listening to the book's narrator, Brittany Pressley, I was Gobsmacked, filled with amazement surprised.

Lisa Cron’s book spoke to me in an insightful way like none I have read before. She introduced the concept of misbelief and why I needed to know my protagonist's misbelief and the causal effects that misbelief has on your entire story. Here is another example of what I mean. One of my favorite sayings is John Huston’s “The central idea is one which when struck like a gong reverberates in every scene of the novel.” That makes sense, right? Only I never understood what the thing that makes it reverberate is? Lisa wrote about the protags misbelief about something that happened early in my character's life. I got so excited I picked up my own memoir eluding me for years and wrote the originating scene that the author suggested. The original incident that formed my misbelief about love and how my reactions to events were based on my misbelief kept me from getting what I wanted. OMG! Suddenly, I saw how ' cause and effect' made sense.
Thank you, Lisa, for writing such an insightful and amazing book.
Larry Chambers

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  • Wendy
  • 2021/01/10

As a fantasy writer, this book was not for me.

This book is directed towards people just getting started in writing. If you've never written a story before, and really don't know where to start, this could be could for you.

I'm in the process of writing my third novel, and I personally found this book confusing and frustrating. It claims to provide an alternative possibility to the "Outliner vs Discovery writing" stratagies, but then it just gives you a Outliner 2.0 methodology. As a discovery writer myself, I was disappointed that this book didn't at all value the process that I've already used to write two books, and hundreds of other successful authors have too.

This book has some good advice, certainly. I think it's tutoring works best in a certain genre, a kind of character-centered genre that's more common in real world based stories. When I applied this book's methodology to Fantasy stories that I love, it didn't really work for me.

So if anyone's getting started, go ahead and try out this book. Maybe it'll be better for you than me. But do keep in mind that there is No "One Way" to write a story. This book has some solid science to the beginning of it, but the methodology that it teaches is only One method.

And contrary to what this book does say, the Absolutely best thing that Will Always improve your writing, is just to write. Write more, and write in a way that brings you joy.
If anything you read, or listen to, or are taught makes you feel bad about you're art, if anything discourages you from just Writing and enjoying it, throw that out the window.
You are your best teacher. No class or book is going to teach you better than your own process of trial and error.

So in summary, if you're struggling to get into writing, then this book may be helpful. As with any writing class, take it with a grain of salt, and always seek More opinions. The best way to read this book would be in combination with other writing books, so that you can find what best works for you.

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  • Claire E.
  • 2020/12/20

Really not good

I was really disappointed by this book- she spends a lot of time telling you what not to do, she is very normative/critical of other writing advice, and honestly, the advice she gives doesn’t seem like it applies to many modern best sellers, which makes it seem like this is advice to write ONE particular kind of book, but not all books. Also, very repetitive and her examples are exhausting and uninteresting. There are some useful tips about developing back stories but, you could probably find those elsewhere without paying for this book.

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  • Isaiah
  • 2020/08/28

Great for a beginner

I'm new to writing and I am consuming as much knowledge on the craft of writing fiction as I can. Unfortunately many authors in this genre seem more intent on showing off their mastery of language than teaching the skill of crafting story. This book gave me exactly what I was looking for. practical knowledge on story writing and the most important elements of it. I'll be listening to this several more times.

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  • I bought this
  • 2020/11/20

Worth the read if your writing a novel about a character

It was a little hard to get through and honestly the story she is rewriting kinda drowned on for way to long the advice really helped me and helped me creat a character rather than just some inner changeable main protagonist and I really like her scene cards though I had to look it up and see it before I realized how good it is and how the third rail is what drives my favorite story rather then the plot points so it is worth the read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020/11/11

Wow, what did I just read?

I would be lying if I said this book didn't save my novel. I'm writing my debut, and this book showed me so many errors in my writing. Thank you, Lisa Cron. You helped me out and got and got one word stuck in my head: why?
Don't understand? Read to find out.

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  • Noula
  • 2021/07/28

Before You Send That Query, Read This Book!

I wish I didn't hit send on about 40 queries last year. I sent off my novel to literary agents and received rejections without knowing what was missing. When I listened to this book, everything I wasn't supposed to do, I did.

Now, after listening...I have a better understanding of the craft of writing fiction stories. I encourage other writers to please read this book before you send that query letter. It will save you a chance of representation! Believe me Lisa Cron's books are worth every advice that you will not get out of that Writer's Digest Conference.

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  • Stephanie Carroll
  • 2021/06/30

Some interesting and good advice

the book is well written and contains good advice, especially those learning the craft. my only complaint is that it didn't get very deep into the brain science or the craft of storytelling. the author took one critical rule of storytelling and spent the second half of the book demonstrating how it could be applied to create a story.

I would say this book is great for learning important principles. I guess I just want more of it because it was good and going deeper into the craft would likely reveal more great info.

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  • Michaela
  • 2021/05/21

Ingenious

This is the first craft book on writing a novel that makes not only total sense to me, but equipped me with a net of methods to let my story grow organically and authentically.

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  • SM
  • 2021/01/31

Helpful Book

This book is not your typical fiction or novel writing book—it will help you understand your novel, the underlying story and theme you are trying to develop, and you be able to plan a plot that grows out of the heart of your story. If you are an instinctive writer, this process works well because it does not eradicate the need for instinctual writing, but teaches how to use that to your advantage. If you get stuck after the first 20-40 pages, or if you are a character-driven writer with plot writing as your weakness, this will help you to push through in an easy, rewarding way. Love this book to death!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021/06/08

Nice Surprise

It's worth the look and carries itself very well.. It's a recommend from me.

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  • Sam
  • 2021/05/10

Author doesn't Understand Her own Teachings

Seriously, I came in after the amazingly useful webinar on premise to.... This.

There's not much advice here that's useful.
Author brings up examples - give one example of how it could go wrong but doesn't bother to give an example of it working.

The running example she uses about stealing a dog, and her advice as to how to keep the story internal... Is weak and doesn't explain at all a usable thought process.

So disappointed.